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Anything other than the Honda EU series is subpar, IMHO. Don't cheap-out. Buy a Honda.
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My 5Kw Honda backup generator at the cottage will wake the dead but it runs and runs.

My cousin bought a propane powered 8Kw Kohler for his new off-grid cottage and it is whisper quiet.

The Onan, Fischer and Northern Lights are pretty much the quietest I have ever hear for units over 10Kw.

I worked with a CAT powered unit provided by L&M back in the old days of doing live stage shows. 900 Amps of 600v. From 20' away you couldn't hear it. Truly a marvel of technology and engineering.
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I have the new Honda EU2000. I wouldn't exactly call it whisper quiet. Maybe damn quiet :-) I hear it just fine from the cockpit when it's running up on the foredeck. It is under full load, though, since my battery charger draws the max amount of amps the 2000 puts out.

I doubt any other boat in an anchorage would be able to hear it from a distance. Certainly quieter than listening to the cooling water splash from an engine, genset or AC unit. Overall, I am very happy with that purchase. In fact, so happy that I'm planning to buy a Honda 40hp outboard for my Whaler, which I'm told are also damn quiet.
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I'm thinking about buying a 3000 watt off brand portable that is listed at 65dB at peak power. The Honda 2000 is listed at 59dB. Is that a big enough noise difference to make the 3000 off brand not worth it. The off brand is also around $350.00 cheaper.
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There are quiet generators?
Where have they been all my life!
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6db is perceived as about 50% louder by the human ear.
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6db is perceived as about 50% louder by the human ear.
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You must be much smarter than I look!! LOL
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Properly designed four-stroke gasoline engines are orders of magnitude quieter than any marine diesel.
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Audio background Alan! Handy sometimes!
3db= just noticably louder.
10db= twice as loud.
1db...the smallest increment humans can distinguish in loudness under controlled conditions.
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